UFC champion Holly Holm wants to fight before July’s UFC 200 event

No fight has been officially scheduled yet for the UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm. However, UFC President Dana White has said that Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey will rematch, and most indications are pointing to the UFC 200 event in July, 2016 for that match to happen.

Holm spoke with the media recently and addressed that she would like to fight before July (transcribed by MMA Fighting):

“Eight months between fights is a long time,” Holm said at a media event before UFC 194 in Las Vegas. “Maybe not for some, but in boxing I used to fight four times a year for title fights. I was very active. This year is three fights in a year. I still feel like it’s active. To go eight months without one, we’re not even averaging two a year at that rate. So it’s kind of like, man that’s a really long time from now.”

Although eager to fight, Holm mentioned that going with the opportunities the UFC has given her has put her in her prolific situation she is in now.

“I’ll embrace it if that’s the next fight,” Holm said of a Rousey rematch. “If I get a fight before then, then that’s great. I like to go with the flow. I don’t want to force anything. I don’t like anything to feel like it’s having to push. I want to feel like it’s flowing. I like to kind of go with it. Ride the wave, I guess you’d say.”

Whenever Holm’s next fight is, “The Preacher’s Daughter” says she will be ready.

“I’ll keep training hard,” Holm said. “I still want to go to the gym. I don’t have to have a fight in front of me to be motivated to train. I want to train. But it’s a lot more exciting to train when you have a fight coming and we’re in this sport because we love to fight. When you don’t have a fight for a while, it kind of takes away what you’re shooting for. But whatever comes is whatever I’m gonna deal with.”

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